WWII battleship USS Iowa nearing final voyage

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 8:51 AM
WWII battleship USS Iowa nearing final voyage

The final voyage of the USS Iowa is near.

The last surviving World War II battleship without a home is docked at the Port of Richmond, where it is being prepared for its journey to the Port of Los Angeles for a new mission as a museum and memorial to Navy might.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/vCFW0W) says it will be towed beneath to Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific for its last voyage to Los Angeles in February or March.

The Pacific Battleship Center raised $8 million to rescue the 68-year-old ship from the Ghost Fleet in Suisun Bay.

The 800-foot Iowa, commissioned in 1943, served in World War II and the Korean War. It last sailed in 1990.